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Monkey House – Play Place
Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide
Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities
Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro
My Plan for Getting My Family to the Ikebana Show at Como
Opening in May – Greater Minnesota Attractions
Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities
Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities
2017 Twin Cities Spring Break Guide

Monkey House – Play Place

The Monkey House is an indoor playground that specializes in private events such as birthday parties but offers open play hours Tuesday through Sunday.

Monkey House Square 3We were lucky enough to be invited to a birthday party shortly after they opened. The Indoor Play Center is 5000 square and includes inflatable bounce houses, an obstacle course, an eighteen-foot slide as well as climbers and a foam pit.  While not as elaborate as some of the city-owned indoor play areas, it is head and shoulders above any mall play area I’ve gone too. 

What they really need to do is offer a game-day package for football season. I’d be lining up to go almost every Sunday if I could watch the packers in peace while they kids had a good time (and everyone had pizza).

Monkey House Square 1Birthday Parties at The Monkey House

The Monkey House also offers a place to host birthday parties every day of the week except Monday. Private parties start at $179 for a ‘No frills, just Play!’ package. All other packages (starting at $289) include use of a party room and food. 

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Finding The Monkey House

We found the facility a little hard to find. The building is tucked back in a warehouse area of White Bear Lake. At the time Google Maps repeatedly led us to the wrong building and, at least in 2013, the sign was not easy to spot from the road. Especially if you are attending a birthday party, I would recommend leaving time to find the place. However, I note that our directory map has it labeled well.

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide

We all know the realities of raising kids in the Minnesota extremities: there’s got to be a place to go were we can escape the elements while still allowing those kids a place to burn off that extra energy. Enter our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas list. We hope you can use it to find a new space to wear those littles out — and perhaps catch yourself a break.

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For more options on keeping the little ones moving throughout the chilly months, check out our Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities!


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Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities

Tot Times and Open Gym was my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through the listings below to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed naptime:Tot Times

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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***

Maple Maze at Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove
(763) 494-6500

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm

Admission: $4.50 per resident/$5.50 per non-resident ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 7pm Mon-Sat and Sun after 5pm.

Details: A 2011 renovation punched up the fun at this community gathering place. When I last visited with toddlers, the area devoted to them was pretty ho-hum; new additions give them more options for climbing and sliding if they’re not yet up to braving the “big maze”. The major play structure received updates as well. Four levels of new slides and obstacles to navigate have been installed, including pogo sticks and – will someone please explain this one to me – hoover rings? Parents (and kids) with sensitive stomachs should beware the multi-story orange-and-yellow spiral tube slides! Learn more about Maple Maze and all the Maple Grove Community Center has to offer here.

Eagles Nest - Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***Eagles Nest Indoor Playground at New Brighton Community Center
400 10th St. NW, New Brighton
(651) 638-2130

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Admission: $5.50/per child ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 6pm Mon-Fri.

Details: Eagles Nest isn’t particularly large or fancy, but if you’re looking for a couple hours’ worth of play to tire out the kids on a winter day, this place will do the trick. The toddler zone is surprisingly spacious and includes a mini ball pit. There’s also a ball pit for the bigger kids as well as an 8-ft. climbing wall and a triple slide. I favored this playground when bringing preschoolers – it’s just the right size for them to play independently without the uneasiness of losing sight of them. An adjacent gym offers preschool open playtime on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30am – 1.30pm. Read More

My Plan for Getting My Family to the Ikebana Show at Como

The Ikebana Show at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Ikebana Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
11/11/2013 to 11/17/2013
10:00 am

This week, the conservatory at Como Zoo will feature artists from Ikebana International’s Minneapolis St Paul Chapter.  Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging — which is probably more appealing to me than my family on the surface.  How do you make this a family event.  My husband is easy.  He likes photography and flowers are one of his favorite subjects.  For the kids, as with all things artistic, I’ll make it hands-on.  Before we head out, we’ll watch the Hulu video below to give everyone a basic understanding of the art of Ikebana. 

The Cardboard Collective is a website dedicated to inspiration for projects, cardboard links, information about tools and techniques, and also a bit about sustainable building, crafting and living.

The Cardboard Collective is a website dedicated to inspiration for cardboard projects, links, tools and techniques; as well as sustainable building, crafting and living.

When we get home, we can try making our own arrangements. has kid-friendly instructions we can follow, while the teacup arrangements made by the Cardboard Collective really inspire me.  Who doesn’t love tiny versions of anything?  In fact, on our way home, I think we’ll stop at the thrift store so we can each pick out our own teacup for the arrangements.  One of the great things about Ikebana is that we should be able to purchase one inexpensive bouquet to share and then supplement with yard greenery. 

(oh, and if this fails, we can always visit the monkey house.)


Joy Peters is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

Opening in May – Greater Minnesota Attractions

Greater MN bannerI had way too much fun doing the research for this article — poring over trip journals and photos from adventures taken with our growing family as well as mapping out road trips to new destinations this season! It was especially enjoyable to stretch well beyond the borders of the Twin Cities — out of our comfort zone, you could say — to share ideas for family fun. Here’s just a taste of what we came up with. If there’s a favorite you don’t see on the list that you’d like added, please let us know!

5/1: Hinckley Fire Museum | Hinckley • 10am-5pm Tues-Sun • $1-$5/ages 6+, ages 5 & under FREE • Housed in the rebuilt train depot, media and exhibits tell the story of one of Minnesota’s worst modern natural disasters. The material is presented in a sensitive manner. More family fun near Hinckley: On the road to Hinckley, pull over for a couple hours at the Northwest Company Fur Post (opening Memorial Day weekend) for an interactive tour or special event.

5/3: Red Barn Pizza Farm | Northfield • Wednesdays through Oct. 26 & 3rd Sun/month May-Oct • $10-$25/pizza. Thrifty Minnesota shares some good Tips for Wandering the Back Roads to Pizza Farms.

5/6: Harkin Store | New Ulm • May weekends, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open Tues-Sun • $4-$6/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Explore the 1870s-era general store, still stocked with original merchandise. More family fun in New Ulm: Make a day of it by touring the August Schell Brewery (kids can roam the gardens, seek out the peacocks and guzzle free 1919 draft root beer). Finish with a dip in the sand-bottomed swimming pool at Flandrau State Park – only $5 for a park permit.

5/6: Historic Forestville | Preston • Saturdays in May, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat & 12-5pm Sun • Immerse yourself in the bustling remnants of a 19th-century town and interact with the locals. More family fun near Preston: Older kids might enjoy hunting down the disappearing river in Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park.

tm split rock lighthouse 25/15: Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors • Daily 10am-6pm • $6-$10/pp • Just one of dozens of gems to see along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior. Tours are FREE during the 6/10/17 Open House and also FREE for and geared for kids during the 6/24/17 Children’s Day. Afterwards, stop for a slice at Betty’s Pies.


5/19: Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park, Park Rapids • 10am-6pm weekends, 10am-4pm weekdays • wristband prices here • Growing up we knew this spot as World of Christmas; now we bring our own kids for mini-golf, laser tag, bumper boats, train rides and all the rest. More family fun near Park Rapids: Crossing the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi at Itasca State Park —  how much more Minnesotan can kids get? Not to mention that you could lose yourself for days within the recreational opps at the park.

5/20: Wild Mountain’s Alpine Slide & GoKarts | Taylors Falls • opens 11am, see website for complete hours • $3.99-$8.49 per ride • Minnemama Adventures spent a day at Wild Mountain last summer and her detailed post can be found here. More family fun near Taylors Falls: One day in the area might not be enough; here are 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, including a climb up, down and all around the Pothole Trail at Interstate State Park.

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5/27: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site | Little Falls • Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun Noon-5 pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • All ages can explore the interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center and horse around in the adjoining Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. Older kids and adults might like a tour through the home Lindy grew up in.

5/26: Northwest Company Fur Post | Pine City • Mon 10am-5pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$10/pp, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • The reconstructed fur trading post comes alive with costumed interpreters, demonstrations and special events such as War of 1812 Family Day on 6/4/16.

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5/6: Fort Ridgely Historic Site, | Fairfax • 10am-5pm • $4-$6/66, FREE for under 5 & MHS members • Visit exhibits inside the restored commissary, explore the parade grounds and ruins of the outpost.

5/27: Jeffers Petroglyphs | Comfrey (SW) • Mon 10am-5pm, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm • $6-$8/pp, FREE under 5 & MHS members • Kids can get hands-on in the visitor center, take an Adventures in Nature or craft something unique during Make American Indian Pottery Day. • More family fun nearby: Step back into the pages of Laura Ingalls Wilder at the namesake museum in nearby Walnut Grove or catch the Wilder Pageant weekends in July. Little trainiacs might enjoy a trip to the End-o-Line Railroad Park & Museum a few miles away in Currie.

5/27: Soudan Underground Mine Tours | Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Tower/Soudan area • tours daily, 10am-4pm • $12/adults, $7/ages 5-12, under 5 FREE • Travel 1/2 underground to explore the depths of an iron-ore mine as it was left in the 1960s.



Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.


Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

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5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

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Free Twin Cities May Family Events & Activities

Free May

5/2: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • find a listing of parks hereExplore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday).

5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.

5/5: Friday Family Movie Night: Storks | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm
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Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities

Free Twin Cities April

Thanks to this month’s sponsor Rockin’ Jump!  Check them out at FFTC’s Rockin’ Party on April 15.

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April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities!

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2017 Twin Cities Spring Break Guide

Sticking close to home with your crew this Spring Break? (Same here. Hence all this research.) Craft a fun staycation for your own family in the Twin Cities with the following ideas:

Thanks to our AMAZING March Sponsor Wishing Tree Play Cafe.

We can’t wait for our Pajama Party on March 16!

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